Tuesday, September 04, 2012

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 | Highlights | Current Affairs

  • The 2012 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad known as London Olympics 2012
  • Held in London, United Kingdom, from 27 July to 12 August 2012
  • London hosted the Olympic games in 1908, 1948 and 2012
  • The Olympic motto is ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’. This is Latin for ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’
  • 204 nations, 26 sports, 39 disciplines and 302 events at the Olympic Games in 2012
  • 10500 OLympic atheletes and 7500 Olympic team officials
  • The first event, the group stages in women's football, began two days earlier, on 25 July
  • London was selected as the host city on 6 July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore
  • London was the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times
  • The main focus was a new 200-hectare (490-acre) Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford, East London
  • The opening ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle
  • During the Games, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, winning his 22nd medal
  • Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time
  • Women's boxing included first time in Olympic Games
  • Olympic Games became the first at which every sport had female competitors
  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt sensationally defended his title as the fastest man on the planet as he sprinted to glory in an Olympic record time of 9.63 seconds
  • David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya became the first man to break the 800m world record three times
  • United States of America got 1st rank in medal ranking with a total of 104 medals (46G 29S 29B)
  • People's Republic of China got 2nd rank in medal ranking with a total of 88 medals (38G 27S 23B)
  • Great Britain achieved its highest tally of gold medals since 1908, finishing third in the medal table with a total of 65 medals (29G 17S 19B)
  • India got 55th rank in medal Table with a total of 06 medals (0G 2S 4B)
  • Indian Grappler Sushil Kumar and shooter Vijay Kumar fetched silver medals while five-time world champion M C Mary Kom, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, shooter Gagan Narang and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt bagged bronze medals.

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